Ali Sahabi, GEC

Ali Sahabi

About Ali Sahabi

Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.
8 May, 2018

USGS Explains Vulnerability of Soft-story Apartment Buildings

By | 2018-05-09T15:57:46+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

May 2018 Newsletter. South Korea, an area previously considered immune from earthquakes due to its location far from tectonic plates, suffered $53 million in damage in November from its second-largest quake in modern history. Scientists have just come out with the finding that the magnitude 5.5 quake [...]

8 May, 2018

The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles Renews Sponsorship Agreement with Optimum Seismic Inc.

By | 2018-05-08T16:22:17+00:00 May 8th, 2018|AAGLA|

The Agreement Extends Optimum’s Work to Provide Educational Seminars on Earthquake Resiliency to Apartment Owners Throughout the Southland. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and Optimum Seismic Inc. announced today that they have extended their longstanding sponsorship agreement and have extended their popular series of educational seminars on seismic retrofitting and earthquake resiliency. [...]

7 May, 2018

Optimum Seismic Sponsors Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Awards Ceremony

By | 2018-05-08T16:09:13+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce|

The 23rd Annual Sustainability Quality Awards Honored Businesses and Individuals Dedicated to Social, Economic and Environmental Responsibility. Optimum Seismic, Southern California’s leading seismic retrofit company, was a proud sponsor of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Sustainability Quality Awards Ceremony, held April 26 at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel. The Annual Sustainability Awards [...]

17 April, 2018

Early Warning System Success, A Huge Step Toward Protecting Lives

By | 2018-05-10T00:23:58+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

April 2018 Newsletter. Did you feel this month's 5.3-magnitude quake off the coast of Oxnard? Hundreds of people not only felt it, but were alerted to it early with an alarm 10 seconds before it struck. The success of the Early Warning System is a huge step [...]

16 April, 2018

Earthquake Safety Experts Address Pending Legislation at CALBO Event

By | 2018-04-17T15:57:37+00:00 April 16th, 2018|CALBO, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Resilience Initiative|

How many buildings in California are at risk of failing in a major earthquake? A group of seismic safety experts spoke out recently about new legislation that could provide more accurate data about the damage that could happen when The Big One strikes. California Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, speaking at the 56th Annual Business Meeting [...]

7 March, 2018

BizFed and Optimum Seismic Invite Local Government Leaders to Prepare for Inevitable Earthquakes

By | 2018-03-19T16:28:12+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Biz Fed, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Optimum Seismic|

BizFed (The Los Angeles County Business Federation) has teamed up with Optimum Seismic Inc. to educate local government officials about the issues facing their cities in case of catastrophic destruction from an earthquake. This seminar will feature public officials and building experts identifying the impending risk of a major earthquake hitting the Los Angeles [...]

6 March, 2018

Legislation Introduced to Identify California’s Vulnerable Buildings

By | 2018-03-07T21:32:51+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Seismic Waves|

March 2018 Newsletter.  California is getting serious about earthquake safety, and because we represent the sixth largest economy in the world these efforts will have a positive impact beyond our state borders. Read more about it in a newly released whitepaper I co-authored along with building and [...]

5 March, 2018

USRC Releases White Paper in Association with Seismic Safety Legislation

By | 2018-03-06T23:06:10+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Seismic Resilience, Seismic Resilience Initiative|

Growing concern over the threat of a major earthquake in California has sparked a statewide movement for resiliency and pending legislation that calls for the identification of buildings most vulnerable to seismic damage and collapse. Scientists say that stress along the San Andreas fault has been building with little relief since the mid-1800s. The [...]

20 February, 2018

Lesson from Taiwan: Structures only as Safe as the Retrofit Engineering Behind Them

By | 2018-02-20T23:06:39+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, seismic retrofit safety|

Most survivors of the damage from last month’s 6.4-magnitude quake in Taiwan were in the upper floors of the buildings that tilted and caved in with lethal results. Throughout the days following the Feb. 6 temblor, hundreds of people climbed out of toppled buildings – making their way to the outside through windows, balconies [...]

15 February, 2018

Seismic Retrofitting Approaches to 5 Common Building Types

By | 2018-02-15T00:22:02+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit|

No two buildings are exactly alike. In fact, some that may seem at first appearance to be identical can display significant differences based on a number of factors, including structural composition, materials, the wear and tear on the building, even the composition of the soil beneath it. It’s impossible, then, to give specifications to [...]